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The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

The album cover for Kanye West's

Manic artistry is celebrated in ‘Donda’

By Aditya Shukla, Monta Vista High School September 15, 2021

“Donda” is the 10th studio album released by Grammy-winning rapper and producer Kanye West. After three listening parties  where Kanye lifted himself up into the air, burned himself alive in a...

Sandra Oh, known for Grey's Anatomy and Killing Eve, stars in Netflix's The Chair as Ji-Yoon Kim, the brand new chair of fictional Pembroke University's English department. As she navigates being the first woman to hold the role, she must also deal with controversies within the department.

Sandra Oh’s “The Chair” Pushes All The Right Buttons

By Carly Philpott, Cherry Creek High School September 15, 2021

“It’s not about whether you’re a Nazi. It’s about whether you’re one of those men who, when something like this happens, thinks he can just dust himself off and walk away, without any [expletive]...

Olivia Rodrigo at the Ultimate Disney Fan Event in August 2019 after filming Disney's

Olivia Rodrigo’s failed merch debut

By Daniela Pena, Wiregrass Ranch High School September 14, 2021

Disney star and singer-songwriter Olivia Rodrigo's fans are not happy with her SOUR album merchandise as some people receive misleading orders after months of waiting. After releasing her hit single...

This is the blackout cover art for Kanye West’s much anticipated 10th Studio Album, Donda.

REVIEW: Flawed but Inspired, “Donda” is a Triumphant Return to Form for Kanye West

By Vinay Joshi , Pleasant Valley High School - IA September 14, 2021

After an utterly chaotic rollout, Kanye West’s highly anticipated Donda, an album dedicated to the tragic death of his mother, has finally been released. Although recording sessions for Donda began...

Marvel's newest film release gains world recognition for its Asian representation. 

“I'm proud to be an Asian thanks to this,

Marvel’s “Shang-Chi” makes impact with its Asian representation

By Athena Tseng, Liberty High School - TX September 14, 2021

Marvel Studios’ released their first ever film with an Asian lead, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings on Friday. Not only is this Marvel’s first Asian superhero film, it’s also the fourth...

In adolescence, Michelle Zauner often clashed with her mother over nearly everything: clothes, studies, hair. The only common ground between them was their love for Korean food, ingredients that can be found in H Mart, a Korean-American supermarket chain. “Crying in H Mart” is dedicated to Zauner’s relationship with her mother.

Author Michelle Zauner Cries in H Mart: A Uniquely Korean Remembrance of Her Mother

By Erin Choi, Portola High School June 2, 2021

In life, Michelle Zauner’s mother, Chongmi, would show love by remembering.  At her dinner table, crowded with banchan side dishes, she would silently observe which ones you didn’t touch, which...

Girls playing each other prior to the COVID-19 pandemic as part of the

The lopsided-gender imbalance in chess: What players are doing to make chess more inclusive

By Liora Ginzburg, Archer School for Girls June 1, 2021

Like many other fields in 2021 that are male-dominated, chess players are working hard to encourage women and girls to become more involved in chess. The United States Chess Federation is currently taking...

Vincent From a Distance—The Immersive Van Gogh

By Evan Fine, Los Altos High School June 1, 2021

This story was originally published on LAHS - New Media Lit on May 27, 2021.

Queerbaiting ensures shows gain fans without losing them and furthers the lack of meaningful LGBTQ+ representation in today’s media.

Queerbaiting hooks viewers for the wrong reasons

By Aria Khalique, Dougherty Valley High School May 25, 2021

“Cas, not for nothing but the last person that looked at me like that, I got laid” -Dean Winchester to Castiel (Supernatural). This provocative quote is just one of countless examples of queerbaiting...

Seniors Ella Haskins, Gabby Thompson, Elizabeth Rajnik, and Tabitha Knedeisen vent their anger at Room of Rage.

Rage rooms are all the rage: Teens de-stress by smashing glass and hitting appliances. What’s not to like about that?

By Elizabeth Rajnik, Linganore High School May 24, 2021

You’ve had a stressful day with online school. Your computer kept dying; Google Meet was glitching; and your microphone was not working. On top of that, you have a hefty workload and a busy afternoon....

Emily Hopper starred in the Netflix film Moxie, directed by Amy Poehler.

Moxie follow-up: An Interview With Emily Hopper

By Skylar Penland, Sophie Burns, and Olivia Ostrowski May 24, 2021

Emily Hopper played an important role in Nexflix’s new movie “Moxie” as Meg, a differently-abled student in the school's marching band. Emily’s mom, Amy Hopper is a Hinsdale Central alum who helped...

WandaVision stars Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany in a new take on classic MCU.

WandaVision: a new reality for the MCU

By Carly Philpott, Cherry Creek High School May 21, 2021

WARNING: This article contains minor spoilers for previous MCU movies and some WandaVision episodes. I watched Avengers: Endgame (2019) in theaters three times before it hit me that I’d never see...

Taylor Swift’s battle with Big Machine Records sparks student opinions

By Hannah Kail and Valerie Dreyfuss May 21, 2021

This story was originally published on Inklings on May 11, 2021.

Top Bunk members include Memorial senior Diego Fernandez (top left), Heritage senior Shruthi Venkatesh (top right), Memorial senior Kaleb Mills (bottom left), Memorial junior William Flashnick (middle left), Memorial class of 2020 alumni Corbin Dennis (bottom middle), Memorial junior Megan Butler (bottom right), and Memorial junior Jurnee Brinson (far right).

Bunk up the beat

By Aaron Boehmer, Liberty High School - TX May 17, 2021

Under a loft bed, two friends from English class started making music. From that same loft bed, a record label came to be: Top Bunk Recordings. Memorial High School seniors Diego Fernandez and Kaleb...

Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman star in Academy Award-nominated performances as Anthony and his daughter, respectively

Florian Zeller’s “The Father” is as heartbreakingly riveting as it is perfectly executed

By Steven Pappas, Hinsdale Central High School May 17, 2021

On Friday, Feb. 26, “The Father” was released to select theaters in the United States. It follows Anthony (Anthony Hopkins), an elderly man suffering from dementia. He refuses all help as he further...

Teens opt for disposable cameras instead of digital cameras to achieve a

Ditching Digital: Why Teens Opt for Disposable Cameras

By Rutaiba Siddiqui, Marquette High School May 14, 2021

To add a “vintage” vibe to their photos, teens are documenting their lives via disposable cameras as opposed to digital cameras or cellphones.  Dating back to the 1960s and gaining popularity in...

Twenty-five-year-old JJ Niemann is a Broadway performer who has appeared in

Where Broadway meets TikTok: A performer’s journey from stage to screen

By Sally Zhu, The Harker Upper School May 14, 2021

“Remy, the ratatouille, the rat of all my dreams. I praise you, my ratatouille. May the world remember your name.”  The original movie “Ratatouille,” featuring the loveable and wholesome Remy...

The battle between Taylor Swift stans and Taylor Swift haters often act as though Swift can either be a white feminist or a victim of misogyny. The truth is that she's both.

Taylor Swift suffers under the patriarchy — and also benefits from it. Here’s why.

By Kaley Kwan, Los Altos High School May 12, 2021

Anyone who knows me will tell you: I am the biggest Swiftie there is. But Taylor Swift, pop icon and lyrical genius though she may be, is still human and has room for growth like everyone else. People...

America has a problem with systemic inequities, especially when it comes to those in marginalized communities. The true crime scene is no exception.

True crime genre reflects similar systemic inequities of America: varying perspectives and stories

By Daniela Wise-Rojas and Shereen Ahmed May 10, 2021

TW: This article contains mentions of violent crimes and graphic content that may be disturbing for some. Reader discretion is advised.  Media consumes everyday life from every angle: social media,...

Junior Joshua Nemery enjoys childhood classic

Death to the author

By Gabriella Herrera, Hagerty High School May 10, 2021

A 280 character tweet. That’s all it takes for a well-accredited creator to be reduced to nothing in the eyes of the public.  For decades, problematic creators have risen to fame. While some wealthy...

The title card of

Latest addition to ‘Star Wars’ hits rock bottom

By Anita Beroza, Carlmont High School May 7, 2021

As the much-awaited sequel to "The Clone Wars" animated TV series, "The Bad Batch" carried many a "Star Wars" fan's high hopes, as the show is written and directed by many of the same people...

PEAK by Choker sounds like a mix of Frank Ocean's

Is Choker a “Frank Ocean Clone”?

By Malik Jaiteh, Benilde-St. Margaret's School May 7, 2021

I discovered the album Peak by Choker, the singer/rapper/producer, somewhere between my homework and procrastination via the rabbit hole that is YouTube recommendations. Immediately my interest was piqued...

Cartoon depiction of infamous serial killer, Jeffrey Dahmer. Leila Kohn explores the portrayal of serial killers in Hollywood.

The new bad boy: why the romanticization of serial killers must end

By Leila Kohn, Oak Park High School - CA May 3, 2021

It seems that serial killers are the new protagonists of the silver screen. Why else would our eyes light up when a horror movie is released, and for what other reason would the Motion Picture Academy...

A collaborative storytelling game, local player Alex Sandoval helps make Dungeons and Dragons come to life with artwork portraying different scenes and characters from her D&D games.

Slaying stereotypes, girls embracing D&D

By Grace Myers, Liberty High School - TX May 3, 2021

Wizards and witches and warlocks, oh my! In the fantastical world of Dungeons and Dragons, players can take on the persona of these characters and many more in an epic storytelling game that has...

A black captain America. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier explores themes of racial identity and trauma in an action-packed plot. The show premiered on Disney Plus on March 18th and consisted of 6 episodes.

Marvel’s “Falcon and the Winter Soldier” tells a heartwarming story of race, guilt, and identity

By Naisha Roy, South Forsyth High School April 30, 2021

As someone who avidly followed the happenings of the Marvel Universe ever since The First Avenger, I found myself extremely excited to settle in for their latest venture after Wandavision. I expected the...

Actors Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie, who portray the Winter Soldier and Falcon, speak at San Diego Comic-Con.

“The Falcon and The Winter Soldier” Confronts Racism in America

By Jack O'Connor, San Juan Hills High School April 30, 2021

Marvel has come a long way since their first genre defining hit film, Iron Man. Following its release, Marvel has become bolder and more adventurous with the characters and stories they’re willing to...

Demi Lovato’s docuseries ‘Dancing With the Devil’ premiered on March 23, detailing her personal mental struggles and the events leading up to her infamous 2018 overdose.

Demi Lovato exhibits strength, resilience in docuseries ‘Dancing with the Devil’

By Karina Murray, Staples High School April 29, 2021

This story was originally published on Inklings on April 23, 2021.

Danielle (Rachel Sennott) and her ex-girlfriend Maya (Maya Gordon) star in the film.

“Shiva Baby” rides Emma Seligman’s squirmy rollercoaster to bountiful results

By Steven Pappas, Sophie Burns, Editor-In-Chief, and Olivia Ostrowski, Editor-in-Chief April 28, 2021

On Friday, April 2, “Shiva Baby” was released to limited theaters and video on demand in the United States. The film follows Danielle (Rachel Sennott), who’s confronted with her own self-worth as...

The astounding work 'and Abel...' by Dave McClinton is one of the featured pieces located at the Commerce Gallery in Lockhart, TX. Photo courtesy of Dave McClinton.

Dave McClinton’s Striking Art Transcends Time and Style to Confront Racism’s Enduring Roots

By Keana Saberi, WESTWOOD HIGH SCHOOL - Austin April 27, 2021

It was by chance that I visited the Commerce Gallery in Lockhart, TX. In an attempt to veer away from sounding too much like a line from an inspirational film, it was fate that intervened on my behalf...

These are unstocked store shelves at a local target. These hooks are normally filled with packs of Pokémon cards, but now sit empty the majority of the time.

Trading card market explodes during pandemic

By John Piekarski, Stillwater Area High School April 27, 2021

Over the past year, many forms of trading cards have seen gigantic increases in sales and value. One example of this increased popularity is eBay, whose sales of soccer and basketball cards have gone...

Junior Spencer Smith plays Jacksmith on BlueMaxima’s Flashpoint application. The application has preserved over 70,000 Flash games and 8,000 animations running on 20 different platforms. The project has reached international levels, with over 100 contributors working to convert as many Adobe Flash projects as possible

The rise, fall and resurgence of Adobe Flash games

By Andrew Haughey, Fishers High School April 26, 2021

Adobe Flash Player was never meant to provide a platform for tens of thousands of games beloved by fans around the world. When the program was released in 1996, it was intended to be used for web graphics...

Hollywood is long overdue for more inclusivity and authenticity in producing films with disabled actors.

Cinema’s systemic ableism

By Emma Baker, Millard West High School April 22, 2021

I remember watching “Forrest Gump” in a doctor’s office waiting room when I was around 10. I was excited; I had heard about this movie — how it was a great American classic — and so, of course,...

Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie star as Bucky Barnes and Sam Wilson in Marvel’s newest TV show, “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.” Despite the high bar set by Marvel’s premier Phase IV TV show, “WandaVision,” the new show lacks a sense of innovation and thoughtfulness.

‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ falls short of ‘WandaVision’’s creativity

By Eliza Barr ’21, Staples High School April 22, 2021

Less than a month ago, Marvel was riding a creative high. “WandaVision,” the revolutionary show that kickstarted “Phase IV” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), was receiving such high praise...

Formerly known as a professional football player and lead of reality show

Chen: Colton Underwood’s coming out and the treatment of the LGBTQ+ community in entertainment

By Katy Chen, The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science April 22, 2021

Earlier this week, former NFL player and “Bachelor” star Colton Underwood, came out as gay on “Good Morning America.” The NFL player turned reality TV personality has been known, as of recent years,...

Local alternative rock band One Fret High perseveres through COVID-19

By Lane Phifer, Pittsburg High School - KS April 22, 2021

For some people, music is a hobby, for others it’s an experience. But for the members of the local band One Fret High (OFH) — it's a lifestyle.  Lead singer, lyricist Ari St. Claire and drummer,...

The leading Best Picture front-runner for 2021,

“Nomadland” soars to beautiful heights

By Edison Geiler, Millard West High School April 21, 2021

As the 2021 Oscars season heats up, one film stands alone as the frontrunner for taking home Best Picture: “Nomadland.” Fern (Frances McDormand) lives her life traveling in a trailer, making money...

After livestreaming some unreleased tracks, BROCKHAMPTON releases their latest work in their sixth album,

BROCKHAMPTON shows us ‘THE LIGHT’ behind the darkness on ‘ROADRUNNER’

By Caleb Jenkins, The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science April 21, 2021

America’s favorite boy band is back. Brockhampton’s latest album, “ROADRUNNER: NEW LIGHT, NEW MACHINE,” is the energetic follow-up to 2019’s comparatively somber “GINGER” that fans have been...

An oil painting of oranges done by MVHS alumnus Brett Park

Art after high school

By Kripa Mayureshwar, Monta Vista High School April 21, 2021

“I remember telling someone I wanted to pursue animation,” senior Pearl Raina said. “And they were like, ‘You should learn how to code because it goes together,’ and I was sitting there like...

BOREDOM OR RISK? Teens who use Omegle run the risk of hackers and other online threats.

Omegle provides a risky escape for bored teenagers

By Molly St Clair, Downers Grove North High School April 20, 2021

In a time when people are feeling as isolated from the world as ever, teenagers are bound to find a new form of entertainment, so what will it be? The newest craze is Omegle. Omegle is an online video...

The Justice League form to face the imminent threat of Steppenwolf and Darkseid to Earth.

“Zack Snyder’s Justice League” severely lacks power in its content despite its rejuvenating creation

By Steven Pappas, Sophie Burns, Editor-In-Chief, and Olivia Ostrowski, Editor-In-Chief April 20, 2021

On Tuesday, Mar. 13, Warner Bros. released “Zack Snyder’s Justice League" to HBO Max. The film—the director’s cut of its 2017 counterpart—follows Bruce Wayne/Batman (Ben Affleck) who rounds up...

Poetry has served as a source of light for me throughout a dark time in my life.

How poetry helped me cope with loss during a pandemic

By Nada Fadul, Walt Whitman High School April 20, 2021

During the 1940s, Harlem Renaissance artists such as Langston Hughes leveraged poetry to express the racial struggles of Black people. In the 1960s, Allen Ginsburg’s “Beat Generation” revitalized...

Disney released a timely film on March 5, 2021, as the beginning of more Asian representation to come: 'Raya and the Last Dragon.'

‘Raya and the Last Dragon”: a timely tale for representation

By Janet Choi, Richard Montgomery High School - MD April 19, 2021

Welcome Raya, the first Southeast Asian princess.  Anticipation was high for Disney’s recent animated film, Raya and the Last Dragon. Already with its epic fight choreography, fantasy, mythology,...

Coppell High School senior Jadalyn Van plays Ti Moune in the CHS spring musical. “Once On This Island” is showing April 16, 17, 18, 19 and 24 with Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m.

‘Once on This Island’ makes history with diverse cast

By Sapna Amin, Coppell High School April 19, 2021

"Once on This Island" sheds light on the Haitian retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s "The Little Mermaid" with flashlights as props, stage lights and a color-changing screen that canvases the stage...

Now, anyone in possession of a device with access to internet connection can upload their pixel images and sell them. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and anything considered to be “art” is done so in a highly subjective manner, but rudimentary pixel art created mindlessly within the span of seconds does not fall into the category of inspiring beauty or emotional power.

In the age of crypto, we must redefine the meaning of “art”

By Michelle Liu, The Harker Upper School April 16, 2021

What is art?  For Marcel Duchamp, it was a urinal. For Maurizio Cattelan, it was a banana taped to the wall (in an artist’s edition of 3). But for Mike Winkelman, known to the internet as “Beeple,”...

In front of a lesbian flag, the CW's

Opinion: Representation of lesbianism in the media creates harm

By Morgan Reese, Prosper High School April 16, 2021

While LGBTQ+ representation in film and TV has steadily inclined over the years, the number of lesbians and bisexual women has barely increased. According to GLAAD’s 2020 LGBTQ+ representation overview,...

Mark Greaney’s signature on the front page of Relentless, his newest novel which was released on February 16. Special thanks to the staff at Novel for their assistance for this article.

Alumnus releases newest book in Gray Man series

By Katie Stanek , White Station High School April 16, 2021

It’s nighttime in Berlin, and a young woman walks down the street. She knows she’s being followed. She knows she’s in danger. Still, she keeps walking, entering a memorial park filled with shadows...

Three tiles by students Paige Whateley (left), Tiffany Leyva (middle), and Angelina Parra (right) in different stages of the tile glazing process. As the 20/21 school year in the midst of a pandemic comes to a close, Sage Creek’s art department invites all students to make a tile of a virus and use it as a way to capture the emotions of the pandemic experience.

Turning Something Deadly Into A Beautiful Work Of Art

By Tiffany Leyva, Sage Creek High School April 15, 2021

Throughout history, art has been used as a reactionary medium to what is going on in the world. This phenomenon is no different from the virus tile project here at Sage Creek. Students from 3D Design,...

Juniors Alysa Spiro, Eden Goodman, Venus Hicks, and senior Aydan Howison show off their collection of Squishmallows during an impromptu show and tell during AP Ethnic Studies class.

Squishmallow craze contagious during pandemic

By Alysa Spiro, McCallum High School April 14, 2021

A cult has swept across America. Thousands of teens have been blinded by the cult’s charismatic leader, dedicating their time and money to move up the cult’s inner-hierarchy. Teens dream of having...

The Justice League leap into battle in

‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’ is satisfying redemption for both director and fans

By Noah Sparkman, Rutherford B. Hayes High School April 14, 2021

One of the most improbable blockbusters of all time has finally been released, yet what is even more surprising is that it’s enjoyable. There was a long period of time in which many did not believe...

Netflix’s “The White Tiger” walks the line between scathing and safe

By Ricardo Andrade, Ransom Everglades School April 13, 2021

A staple of Ransom Everglades’ eleventh-grade English curriculum, Aravind Adiga’s The White Tiger has left its impact on generations of RE students. Themes of faux morality, hypocrisy and class...

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